Andreas Hartleif (VEKA AG) takes over EPPA Presidency

On the 7th of October the Board of Directors decided to confirm Andreas Hartleif, chief executive officer of the VEKA AG, as the president of the European association of PVC profile producers.


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More than 100 post-consumer PVC windows were recycled and reused when refurbishing an office building in Gendorf industrial park

Burgkirchen-Gendorf (prs). – Mechanical recycling of PVC post-consumer windows is increasingly setting standards in Germany. A recent example is found in Eastern Bavaria, an elongated two-storey office building located in Gendorf industrial park near Altötting. InfraServ GmbH & Co. Gendorf KG is the operating company of the premises extending over about two square kilometres, office of the former Hoechst AG including about 20 companies, among them chemical plants and energy suppliers. The company has refurbished the light blue building located amidst industrial plants energy-efficiently and had more than 100 post-consumer windows on the two long side facades replaced by modern windows provided with Schüco systems. First, the post-consumer PVC frames were taken to a special container before they were transported to the recycling plant of VEKA Umwelttechnik GmbH located north of Eisenach. Rewindo Fenster Recycling Service GmbH, Bonn, is organizing the recycling system in Germany since 2002.

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Recycling of PVC windows at Katzenelnbogen Primary School

New stage of life for post-consumer PVC windows

Katzenelnbogen (dialoginar) – The 7th of September is a big day for small children starting school in Rhineland-Palatine. First graders will start a new stage of life at Katzenelnbogen Primary School im Einrich, too.
In order to create the best learning environment possible for the pupils, in Katzenelnbogen the holiday period prior to the new term is used to take construction measures to adapt the school to fit current needs. Thus, in the present year two classrooms are combined to form a practical multipurpose room, installing amongst others 14 new energy-saving windows produced by PVC profiles manufacturer GEALAN.

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Plastics industry plays key role in Europe’s energy efficiency targets Plastics, a sustainable solution for the future

In the aftermath of EU Sustainable Energy Week, leaders of the European plastics industry met in Brussels on Wednesday, 24 June, for the conference EU investing in its future – Plastics Construction Solutions organised jointly by the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and PlasticsEurope bringing together more than 100 participants. The event focused specifically on how the plastics industry, in particular the building and construction sector, contributes to the European Commission’s agenda of growth, jobs, investment and energy efficiency.

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Tom Debusschere (Deceuninck NV) succeeds Andreas Hartleif (VEKA AG) as EPPA president

The EPPA General Assembly elected Tom Debusschere, CEO of Deceuninck NV, as its new president during its annual meeting on 19th June 2015. Marcus Wittmann, head of the division Window Solutions at Rehau AG & CO, was elected vice-president. Tom Debusschere succeeds Andreas Hartleif (CEO of VEKA AG), who had been heading EPPA since 2011.


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Series of Force Majeure Declarations in the Resin Supply Industry Starts to Affect PVC Converters

PVC Window Profile manufacturers are highly concerned about current developments on the raw material sector. In the past four months a historic, unprecedented wave of over 30 force majeure events has been witnessed in the entire chemical & plastic supply chain which is also affecting PVC converters.


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First ECO-EPDs have been published – EPPA Association EPD among the pioneers

On the 16th of October 2014 the first ECO-EPDs have been officially handed over to the first holders of ECO-EPDs. EPPA is proud to be one of these pioneers.

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Window Recycling Project Norderstedt

In Norderstedt, adjoining Hamburg, the kick-off for the energy recovery renovation of 368 apartments in the Waldstraße-quarter took place. During this project 2.500 old PVC windows in seven housing block will be replaced with new ones until 2015. The old PVC windows will be recycled mechanically and subsequently become part of new windows



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Best Practice Project: 1500 PVC Window Profiles Recycled in Freiburg, Germany

Within 80 days a total of 1500 old PVC windows have been replaced with new, heat-insulating ones in Freiburg, Germany. Additionally, 180 front doors have been replaced. Building owner and project leader explained that they expect a decrease of 20000 kilos of emissions each year once the works are completed.

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